Sunday, 17 February 2019

HOW I DESIGNED MY PERSONALISED IPHONE CASE WITH CASEAPP


CaseApp personalised iPhone case by Loved By Lizzi
@Lovedbylizzi



THERE IS A NEW ACCESSORY IN TOWN



Disclaimer: The personalised iPhone case featured in this blogpost was gifted to me as part of a collaboration with CaseApp. This was for some social media content on Instagram, however I loved it so much and was so pleased with it, I wanted to share with you how I went about designing it.  So this blogpost is not a sponsored post.


When you first arrive onto the CaseApp website you get the option to either have a go at designing your own personalised iPhone case (or another type of smart phone, sorry I only deal in the currency of Apple, LOL!) or you can choose from a selection of designs, such as marble, floral, tropical, girl power themes or as simple as dots and stripes, just to name a few.

From what I can see you can also pick a design from one of the categories and then add some of your own to it, like a quote or your name.

I had never designed my own iPhone case and really liked the idea of personalising just for me; you must have been to a few parties or social gatherings where you are unsure sometimes who's phone is who's? Well I wanted to make sure that it said 'Lizzi' all over it! Probably no surprises there!



HOW I DESIGNED MY PERSONAL IPHONE CASE

When you first land on the website you get the option to 'create your case', you then need to select the phone that you have. I should imagine that most of the designs are the same, but the measurements just differ depending on you own phone.

Once you select your own phone, it will then go into a new screen with a blank white phone, this should look like your own phone. 

On the right-hand side you will have menu bar that gives you various options, like to upload the one image, add text or change the colour of the background. On this bar there is also an option called Collage and it is within here that you will find the templates for adding multiple images. Which is what I did.

For the my own design, I selected Collage and then picked the following template; this was after a lot of playing with the other templates. I selected this one as part of my final design because I had worked out you could see my own images better as the sections were larger, basically the more sections you have only a small amount of the image you upload will show.

Template design from CaseApp



I then went through all my photos on my iPhone, now believe me as an instagrammer I have a lot of them! After playing around with various photos I opted for my flatlays that I do, along with a photo of my gorgeous dog Alfonso and I was keen to get Loved by Lizzi on there too.

I could have kept my images in their original colours, but I think you'll find that once they were put together the tone would not have flowed so well. A good trick is to make everything black and white; this gives an even tone throughout the design and I feel makes the end result more contemporary, stylish and chic, and a little less 'homemade'! 

To not lose any of your original photos, I recommend to duplicate your photo on the iPhone, then go to the duplication to edit it to black and white, making sure you save your changes. 

Once you have all your photos play around with them, and decide on which photo goes into each section. I doubt you'll get it right first time, so don't get cranky with it just give yourself more time to play with it.

Once you get all the photos into the right place you then need to decide if you want a matt or glossy finish. I've had numerous cases that are glossy, and so I opted for matt this time, and was really pleased with the results, it's looks very much like a magazine finish - and I like that.

I was truly impressed with the whole process, I found it very easy to do and at a price of £22, I thought that was a fab price too for personalisation. I opted to have free delivery so didn't pay for Express, and it arrived within 4 to 5 days in a lovely CaseApp material pouch.



READERS OFFER

My instagram community have an offer of 20% off until 28th February, I don't see why you can't benefit from this too. Simply use the discount code LIZZI20 before the 28th February 2019.

If you do create your own design, then please do share on your Facebook or Instagram and tag me @lovedbylizzi and @caseapp in - we would love to see what you have created!






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Sunday, 10 February 2019

NEW SEASON BOOTS

New Look Grey Boots


It's definitely cold outside! However we are starting to see some real sunshine days, where you want to wrap up warm but need to lighten up the winter look a little to start to get that fresh, crisp Springlike vibe. One way you can do this is to lighten up your winter boots!



Lizzi Richardson


This was me yesterday outside a gorgeous preloved store Vintage & Vogue UK in Buckinghamshire - and with Spring collection in store, having the lighter boots on really does get you in the mood for Spring. You can see here, I am still very snug in my winter coat, I've opted for a lighter scarf, some sunglasses (well I did actually need them due the glorious sunshine) but my knitted black dress and my coat kept we warm, whilst these lighter boots just moves this whole look on into the early stages of Spring.



STYLE INSPIRATION











Now if you opt for suede or faux suede in these lighter colours then you cannot wear them if the weather is poor, especially in the rain, you will just ruin them.

I purchased mine from New Look back in the January sales, unfortunately they are no longer available, but I have scouted through online to look at what fabulous options you currently have (but first do check your own wardrobe to see if you have a pair already!).



You know my love of New Look shoes, well a number of these look fab to get you started:


NEW LOOK
Cream Cone Heel Western Boots
Normally £29.99, currently on special price £20.99









NEW LOOK
Grey Comfort Suedette Patent Trim Heeled Ankle Boots
Normally £29.99, currently on special price £20.99








If you feel you can brave an open toe.... these are fabulous!

NEW LOOK
Grey Suedette Peep Toe Stiletto Sock Boots
£22.99









The heels on these are gorgeous!

TOPSHOP
HABBS High Ankle Boots
£89









DUNE LONDON
Vent Sm - Grey - Block Heel Knee High Boot

Was £115.00, Now £85.00
Not all sizes are available





DUNE LONDON
Roxette - Grey - Ruched Calf Boot

Normally £70.00, Currently at £50.00





ZARA
Leather boots with wood-effect heels

£119







ZARA
Split suede mid-heel ankle boots

£89.99







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Sunday, 27 January 2019

THE COMPLETE STYLE AND BEAUTY EXPERIENCE WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS


@LovedbyLizzi


This blogpost is in collaboration with John Lewis & Partners Oxford - They gifted me The Complete Style & Beauty Experience for my time to produce this blogpost. 
We do hope that you enjoy it!



I woke up on Thursday 10th January super excited, with a day of styling and beauty pampering ahead for me, how could I not be! I approached this with the fact that this was a gift to me and I planned to enjoy every minute of it! 

As a stylist myself it was kind of nice to have a little attention for me - I was keen to see how I would be styled, wondering would I like it? How would I feel about being taken out of my comfort zone - I was determined to to put on something I would not necessarily pick for myself.

I arrived at the agreed time of 10am at The Experience Desk to be greeted by Maria and Meghan, both of whom set me at ease as soon as I arrived. They talked me through my exciting day; I'd be with Lindsey for my personal styling session and this would be for two hours, I would then head to lunch at Benugo's which is on the ground floor. At 1pm I would be taken to the &Beauty counter for my brow and gel manicure treatments. And directly after that I would head for my beauty makeover (you get to choose from a selection of brands at the time of booking) and I chose Charlotte Tilbury.

Whilst it was not part of my own experience, it's important to note that when you purchase The Complete Style & Beauty Experience for £100 at John Lewis & Partners Oxford, either as a gift or for yourself; your gift card is pre-loaded with £35 to spend on beauty products, yep that's right the day experience is then truly just £65!

My day finished around 4pm and with a few purchases I decided to make (the leather skirt below being one of them) I left feeling super happy and tremendously pampered. The Experience Desk team made sure that I was not left on my own, they escorted me to each session. I was offered refreshments in my styling session and I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco whilst having my nails done; so even though you are in-store, the team couldn't have done anything more to make me feel special. 




2-HOUR IN-STORE PERSONAL STYLING EXPERIENCE


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


My style and beauty experience, kicked started with a 2-hour Personal Styling session with Lindsey, I had a choice of five different themes I could pick from - Holiday, Wardrobe Refresh, Workwear, Special Occasion or Perfect Pair of Jeans! 

Keen to give you, my readers, some variety and inspiration I opted for Special Occasion with a brief to Lindsey that this wasn't necessarily just for the evening, but to consider a casual date say for Valentines, a night out with the girls celebrating a birthday or maybe a lunch date for Mothering Sunday - Outfits that would appeal across different ages but keeping 'an elevation of style' in mind to make it special.

Meghan escorted me to Ladies wear which is on the ground floor, there I was greeted by Lindsey and taken into my own personal styling room. A room that was in two parts - the first had a couple of seats and a coffee table and then a dressing curtain separates the room, behind it has a big mirror with a clothing rack (preloaded with Lindsey's initial ideas) and another chair to make it easy for you to get changed.




John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi



In 2-hours we came up with five fabulous outfits  - We both hope you love the five looks we created together. 

Lindsey was keen to show off my hour-glass frame and with many of the outfits being separates, this gives you versatility to wear them with pieces from your existing wardrobe to ensure you get your cost per wear.



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John Lewis & Partners - Loved by LizziJohn Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi


Now I know you would want the details of each outfit, and you can! I have put it all down on another blog A STYLE SESSION WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS' PERSONAL STYLIST - here you get the explanation of why and where we suggest you wear it.

TONAL VIBE FOR CITY CHIC and THAT COUNTRY PUB LUNCH were two outfits that took me personally out of my comfort zone and into patterns, colours or garments I wouldn't necessarily pick for myself.

Since my session, I've adopted a few tricks on the tonal trend that Lindsey gave me - so even if you are not keen on the final finished look, there will be elements of it that will make you rethink what you have been doing.




A DELICIOUS LIGHT LUNCH



John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


After my styling session, I was escorted by team to Benugo, a cafe on the ground floor as you arrive into John Lewis & Partners Oxford. Here waiting for me, was a reserved table by the window.

As I was lunching alone, I had brought a magazine with me, keen to have a little 'me time' and catch up on the forthcoming Spring trends.

Should you not be keen to dine alone, then you can (for additional cost) have lunch with your partner or friend, as The Experience Desk team can advise exactly what time you will be there.

The lunch consists of either toasted sandwiches or something from the Deli with either a hot or cold drink. I chose bacon, sweet onions & chives quiche with butternut squash, apple, rocket and quinoa, with a bottle of Rose Lemonade by Fentiman's.   




John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi




&BEAUTY BROW AND GEL MANICURE TREATMENTS

At 1pm I was escorted from Benugo's and taken to the &Beauty counter for my two beauty treatments; an eyebrow wax and a gel manicure.

Hannah was my beautician and no sooner I sat down I was offered a glass of Prosecco - how lovely!


@LovedbyLizzi

John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi



A gel manicure includes nail shaping and cuticle maintenance, and then using OPI GelColor gives you gorgeous glossy nails! I opted for red, I think this is because we had been talking about 'going out' themes and there is no other sexier colour than this!




John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


I did get my eyebrows waxed, but there is nothing glam about hair removal so I have spared you the imagery around that! 




A BEAUTY COUNTER MAKEOVER PLUS £35 TO SPEND ON BEAUTY PRODUCTS

The final destination of my pampering day was at a beauty counter, of which I chose Charlotte Tilbury, for my makeover.

Why Charlotte Tilbury? Well firstly I have never tried any of her product ranges, and I hear great comments all the time about her skincare and beauty products but also on previous visits I had noticed that you can select from up to 10 different looks, and this appealed to me.

I've never had a full smokey eye with black eyeliner, and as I mentioned before, this was all about taking myself out of my comfort zone! Plus I wanted to leave the day as glam as possible.

Somia was my beautician for this and she had tremendous knowledge about the full range, explaining how Charlotte Tilbury had made her own 'magic cream' at home to use on the models at catwalk shows. The models thought it was that good they wanted to buy it! I found it lovely on my skin, it gave me a really good base for my transformation. 


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi

John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi

John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


So here are the 10 looks you can become! It's such a great way for you to pick what make-up you want. You can (like I did) say I would like this from The Golden Goddess and the eyes from The Dolce Vita - and I got exactly that!


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi

I specifically asked for a nude (with depth) for my lips - so here I am with their most popular lipstick 'Pillow Talk' I loved this and one I plan to add to my make-up collection in the future.


John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


On the film below (you may need to click here if you are an email subscriber) you can see Somia from Charlotte Tilbury in action doing my eyes and finishing off the whole look.





John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
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HOW TO BOOK

This is the important information you need to pass on to those who you think may gift you this. I would start talking about it now especially if you like to be treated for Valentines or are a mum wishing to be pampered for Mothering Sunday! If your partner has trouble hearing (like mine (LOL)), then mention it at every opportunity (I have to!)

You can book by calling 01865 268313 or visit The Experience Desk in store at Oxford.

Not in Oxford? Then there are a number of John Lewis & Partners stores that also offer this, however just note that Cheltenham and Westfield charge £125 but this does include a blow dry treatment. To find out which locations offer The Complete Style & Beauty Experience then click here.

If you fancy treating yourself and in need of some 'Me Time' I can highly recommend this, I personally plan to book myself in later this year as I've done the maths and this is far cheaper and more pampering than I would get on a Spa Day (plus I'm not so keen on getting wet!) You have my blessing to book in, because busy ladies forget about time to themselves and we certainly need it.




WHAT I WORE



John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
@LovedbyLizzi


A pampering day is special and so mix your look with something relaxing but which a little dressed-up chic and I find leopard print usually ticks this box for me!

So I opted for black jeans, heeled boots, with a leopard print top and a thin blazer - a layered outfit as I was going to be indoors all day and this gave me flexibility to stay cool or keep warm.




John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
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This blogpost is in collaboration with John Lewis & Partners Oxford - They gifted me The Complete Style & Beauty Experience for my time to produce this blogpost.





A STYLE SESSION WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS' PERSONAL STYLIST

John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi

Meet Lindsey, a personal stylist at John Lewis Oxford at Westgate Shopping Centre. I was kindly invited by the John Lewis & Partners team to come along an experience their Complete Style & Beauty Experience Gift.

This experience includes a 2-hour Personal Styling session in store of which they offer five different sessions -  Holiday, Wardrobe Refresh, Workwear, Special Occasion or Perfect Pair of Jeans! 

For the blog I opted for Special Occasion with the mindset that this may not necessarily be going out for the evening; it could be a casual date say for Valentines or maybe a lunch date for Mothering Sunday - so I was keen to find a number of different looks that would appeal across different ages but keeping 'an elevation of style' in mind with daywear for that special occasion.

We both hope you love the five looks we created together. Lindsey was keen to show off my hour-glass frame and with many of the outfits being separates, this gives you versatility to wear them with pieces from your existing wardrobe to ensure you get your cost per wear.




LOOK ONE - DATE NIGHT 

Pink and red can brighten up an all-black vibe, mix shades of pinks and reds for that effortless chic vibe.


John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi


  • Faux leather skirt - Mint Velvet
  • Blouse - Mint Velvet
  • Bangle - John Lewis & Partners
  • Bag - LK Bennett



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LOOK TWO - TONAL VIBE FOR CITY CHIC

Lindsey suggests if you opt for tonal (head to toe in one colour) then you really need to think about your textures - as many different variations as possible from leather, to wool to velvet and so on.

John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi




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LOOK THREE - THAT COUNTRY PUB LUNCH

A statement jacket with stylish jeans is a great off-duty look for socialising with family and friends.

John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi




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John Lewis & Partners Oxford



LOOK FOUR - A NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS

Add colour when you are out with girlfriends.... you will get lots of compliments! (Promise x)

John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi





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LOOK FIVE - FROM DAY TO NIGHT

We all have times when we need to head out to a function straight from work - elevate your office style with a biker jacket and a pop of colour.



John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi





If not online - then check in store at John Lewis & Partners Oxford






John Lewis & Partners Personal Styling
@Lovedbylizzi
To find out more or to book in for one of their five Personal Shopping sessions for free, either head to the Experience Desk in store or book online, by clicking here. You can follow Lindsey on Instagram @jl_lindseyfrancis

The post A STYLE SESSION WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS' PERSONAL STYLIST was on Loved by Lizzi first. Personal shopping sessions are free, however I was gifted this as part of THE COMPLETE STYLE AND BEAUTY EXPERIENCE WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS - which you can read more about by clicking here.